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As cuts loom, who is starting and sitting for Bears?

The first half of the preseason game against the Bengals provided glimpses of some of the Bears’ roster battles with the first round of cuts coming as soon as Sunday:

>> Charles Leno Jr. started at right tackle for the second consecutive exhibition. Jordan Mills remained with the second team.

>> Veteran cornerback Alan Ball started opposite Kyle Fuller. Sherrick McManis was the first nickel back.

>> The Bears rotated cornerbacks in Cincinnati, but Ball, Fuller, Terrence Mitchell and Tracey Porter all played before Tim Jennings took the field with the defensive starters.

>> Outside linebackers Willie Young and Lamarr Houston were the first to spell starters Jared Allen and Pernell McPhee. Outside linebacker Sam Acho sat with an illness.

>> The Bears’ goal-line package featured safety Brock Vereen with Antrel Rolle and Adrian Amos.

>> Tight end Zach Miller continued to play fullback with the first-team offense. He also was in two tight-end sets with starter Martellus Bennett.

>> With receiver Marc Mariani playing with the first-team offense, running back Senorise Perry returned kickoffs in the first half.

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